Those who work with heavy machinery know to respect its size and power. Large construction equipment can be dangerous because misuse can lead to serious injuries or death.
This equipment is also imperative on many worksites. Buildings can’t be built without heavy machinery. Roads can’t be built or maintained. Infrastructure relies greatly on the construction industry, and workers cannot do their job without the right equipment. Knowing how to use that equipment correctly and safely is imperative to avoiding accidents and injuries.
Operators of heavy equipment know what we’re talking about, but examples of heavy equipment include:
- Dump truck
These are a few examples of the types of large vehicles you commonly see on a work site. It is important for operators of these vehicles to have the proper training and know how to use the equipment. The risks of not having the proper training or skills to operate these are great. These vehicles, in addition to the potential for accidents associated with any type of motor vehicle, heavy equipment has many more moving parts.
The Center for Construction Research and Training tracks the number of injuries associated with heavy machinery. Some of the numbers include:
- Heavy equipment accounted for 23.6% of the road construction fatalities from 2008-2010.
- The majority of deaths were laborers who were not operating the equipment.
- 37.1% of deaths at construction sites were from being caught in machinery or struck by an object.
These are just a few statistics that showcase how important it is for both operators and other workers to be aware of heavy equipment.